The 13th Annual CEFPI (Council of Educational Facilities Planners International) was held for the first time in New Zealand this year. A mix of architects, planners, teachers, principals and government officials, this was an amazing opportunity to participate and learn about the future direction of teaching and learning. There were amazing speakers each day, workshops and site visits to schools around Auckland.
The theme of the conference was "Disruption" and this theme was a cohesive link throughout the whole conference. Whether it was disruption because of natural disasters such as the Canterbury Earthquake or Australian bush fires, or disrupting your thinking about school design, environments, teaching and learning, the theme was prevalent, challenging you to innovate and be part of the future.
It was great to meet people who were not just teachers! It was so interesting to hear their thoughts and how they see education and learning spaces. Now to start making sense of my notes and sharing the main messages from the conference.
Wondering: Research shows that you can't just build a new learning space and expect changes to pedagogy without significant teacher development. ((Temple, 2007; Higgins et al., 2005; DEECD, 2008; Fisher, 2002). Yet it is difficult for teachers to be involved in a design process, as they have to break out of what is known and imagine new futures. By default, we go back to what we know. How can educationalists and designers work together in effective, efficient ways to create better learning environments for all learners?
My name is Ngaire Shepherd-Wills. This website is a record of my TeachNZ sabbatical, Term 2, 2013 and then I have continued to share my wonderings and discoveries about Innovative Learning Practices. I now work for CORE Education. Views are my own.